The results of every bad habits doesn’t always show up until much later in life. These results I call them consequences.
I have discovered that if we keep on making bad choices about our finances,health,or money,etc, the consequences probably won’t occur immediately.It takes time for cholesterol to build to the point where it causes a heart attack.Lung cancer doesnt manifest it’s deadly consequences with a single pack of cigarettes,it takes years. The result is still usually fatal. Some people have bought into a “buy- now,save-later” fallacy.They think that one day,they will start putting away money. They intend to do this,but it never happens.
The secret to permanently break a habit is to love something greater than the habit- Byrant McGrill
The consequences of your bad habits can be heart-breaking. You may end up in poor health or working during the years that you planned for retirement. For some people,it’s even worse-destitute and broke,they end up requiring assistance to survive.To avoid these nasty scenarios,Here’s what you can do:
List your Bad Habits
- Write them down;you know what they are. Consider every area of your life,fitness,relationships, work,money,health,food,Communication,sleeping etc.
- Be specific- clearly define each one.For example,i hit the snooze button five times in the morning before i finally get up.
- Select one habit that you really want to change.
Access the consequences
- Opposite your bad habit,write the long-term consequences if you continue this behavior. For example,sleeping late on a workday can get you off to a bad start. You are rushing,you miss breakfast,your stress levels increase because traffic is backed up. You arrive at the office tense,out of breath and still fuming at the stupid guy who stalled when the spotlight turned green.Repeated tardiness may get you fired and you are labelled unreliable.
- Think about the long term consequences of your behavior,not the outcome,tomorrow or next week.
Clarify your New Habit and Take Action
- Defining a better habit is easy,Just write down the opposite of your bad habit.For example,get up on time.Do not hit the snooze alarm once,never mind five times.
- Alongside your new habit,write three action steps that will turn this desired behavior into a reality.For example,Immediayely swing your legs out of bed when the alarm goes off.(I know this sounds too simple,but it works) Have a friend phone you at the exact time you want to get up. Buy a new clock with a horrendously loud alarm bell on it and place it on the opposite side of the room. The point is – do something that will jumpstart your new behavior.https://wordpress.com/alp/?aff=21927&cid=2742591
- Finally,list all of the positive benefits you will enjoy once your new habit is well established. In most cases,this takes thirty to ninety days.Getting up on time soon becomes automatic,and you won’t need an alarm.You will be more relaxed and can ease into the day,instead of being jolted into it. Reducing stress affects your long- term health and being on time for work shows your integrity. You ‘ll be thankful for making the adjustment.
The longer you have maintained a bad habit,the harder it is to break. Creating new habits especially exercise programs are difficult at the start. The first few weeks will really test you. There will be times when you want to quit. Don’t! Develop a No exceptions policy and stick to it. If you do,the rewards will far outweigh any initial discomfort.
A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them-Stephen King,The Dark Tower